October 7, 2012 The president laughed and stuck the pea in his nose again. The first time he had done it, he had gotten such a big laugh that he simply had to do it again. After all, it was Christmas Eve! No war, no unemployment. Just a little dinnertime fun for the leader of the free world and his family.
October 7, 2012 Colin Meloy, best known as the Decemberists' front man, is also a novelist. His newest book is the second in a series for young readers, called Wildwood Chronicles. The book catches up with its precocious protagonist, Prue, who leaves the seventh grade to return to the magical world of Wildwood.
October 7, 2012 Best known for her role in the TV series Friday Night Lights, Connie Britton plays a veteran country megastar whose cooling career is threatened by a new rising singer. Britton stars in the new TV series Nashville, which premieres this Wednesday on ABC.
October 7, 2012 When an aspiring writer agrees to look after his old friend's flat, enduring an absent homeowner's passive-aggressive notes isn't the worst that will happen. In his first novel, Care of Wooden Floors, Will Wiles follows a housesitting job gone terribly, terribly wrong.
October 6, 2012 Saturday night on CBS in 1973: All In The Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and The Carol Burnett Show. The pioneering comedienne was a capstone of American television for more than a decade. Now, a new DVD collection compiles 16 of Carol Burnett's favorite episodes.
October 6, 2012 Years ago, musician Ben Folds started a band with his two friends and called it the Ben Folds Five. Ben Folds went on to have a solo career, but he's gotten the band back together and their new album is The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Folds plays a game called "I'll Be Back!"
October 6, 2012 Mark Helprin's sweeping midcentury novel, In Sunlight and In Shadow, describes a postwar New York in limbo. Helprin borrowed from his own experiences to write this tale of love and familial obligations. "It's all based on what I know and what I knew," he says.